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Harmony Unique Smith

Age 13

Asheville, North Carolina

She never got to the celebration

She would always talk about her dream of becoming a professional athlete. She ran the 4x100-meter relay and the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints. She had just won first place in all three.

“She had legitimate Olympic capabilities,” said Reginald Robinson, a coach at her  middle school, to Citizen Times. “I don’t say that about a lot of athletes, but she was growing into the woman she was destined to be.”

Hours after her track meet, 13-year-old Harmony Unique Smith was shot along with her mother and brother by her mother’s boyfriend at their house in Asheville, North Carolina, before she was able to celebrate her victory. 

By Zahra Wakilzada · Age 17
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